Sony Pictures Slates Screwball Comedies1 Jun, 2009 By: Eui-jo Marquez
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 4 (prebook July 2) will release two newly remastered collections of classic Columbia comedy: Icons of Screwball Comedy Vol. 1 ($24.96) and Vol. 2 ($24.96), available for the first time ever on DVD. Vol. 1 includes If You Could Only Cook, Too Many Husbands, My Sister Eileen and She Wouldn’t Say Yes. Vol. 2 includes Theodora Goes Wild, Together Again, A Night to Remember and The Doctor Takes a Wife.
Each two-DVD set includes the original movie trailers. Vol. 1 also features the 1946 short, “Ain’t Love Cuckoo?” a screwball-comedy-in-miniature about two couples each of which mistakenly believes a spouse has been killed. The survivors both remarry and end up in adjoining suites on their respective honeymoons. Vol. 2 features the timeless 1940 short “Mad Hatter,” which satirizes women’s obsession with fashion.
Screwball comedy was popular at Columbia Studios during the height of the Depression. Typical “screwballs” featured marital mix-ups and mocking of the upper classes, while still allowing audiences to revel in the luxury of the wealthy.
The eight films include iconic stars such as four-time Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell, Oscar nominee Jean Arthur, five-time Oscar nominee Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray, two-time Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas and Oscar winner Charles Coburn.